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Chris Soules has been confirmed as The Bachelor for the 2015 season - this time by the show and not just The Bachelor spoilers that leaked weeks ago.

We've known for a long time that the network named Chris Soules The Bachelor, but it hasn't been officially announced by his employers until today.

Team Chris all the way! Fire up the tractor and let's do this thing, ABC!

Chris Soules is The Bachelor 2015
Chris Soules is The Bachelor 2015. Here he is, leaving no doubts about it.

Arie Luyendyk Jr., the other former Bachelorette cast member hunk in the running for the job, even said late Monday that he was out of the running.

"I'm not the Bachelor," Luyendyk wrote. "Have fun on the farm people."

Soules, an Iowa farmer, will be bringing the franchise to the heartland.

A Bachelorette fan favorite on Andi Dorfman's recently concluded season, he finished third after the leading lady did not invite him to the Fantasy Suite.

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The unabashedly terrible spinoff of The Bachelor and Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise is on a roll bringing back old cast members left and right.

If you watch Bachelor in Paradise online, you'll be privy to one blast from the D-list past after another. Not for everyone, but if it's for you, it's awesome!

Who's next to arrive for a shot at love/drama/15 minutes? This dude!

Somewhere, Emily Maynard is shaking her head in disgust/disbelief.

Kalon McMahon, who infamously called Emily’s daughter Ricki “baggage” on The Bachelorette, and who later appeared on Bachelor Pad, is en route to Paradise!

Raise you're hand if you're excited! Hello? Anyone? Is this thing on?

He actually had a good run on the Pad with former Bachelor runner-up Lindzi Cox, but from the looks of the clip above, he's no hit with the current crowd.

Rejected by not one but two girls, will his date card go unused?!

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If you didn't believe us yesterday that Iowa farmer and Bachelorette third-place finisher Chris Soules is The Bachelor, this photo ought to do the job.

Chris Soules and Cody Sattler

The telling picture on Chris' Instagram page shows the Soules Man with Bachelorette buddy Cody Sattler rocking shirts exclaiming "America Needs Farmers."

While clenching a rose in their teeth for good measure.

This after The Bachelor spoilers guru Reality Steve leaked the news, or at least that it was official (we've all strongly believed it was Chris for awhile).

Hard to see this as anything but a subtle confirmation that he's more than ready to dole out the roses to 25 lucky ladies come January on ABC.

That or he and Cody are just really passionate about agriculture and its role in American life. Which is entirely plausible, but still. This is your Bachelor.

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With Chris Soules confirmed as The Bachelor, we can officially start pondering where he ranks among the men who have doled out the roses on the ABC staple.

While we won't get to judge the whole package until next March, when his season concludes (Juan Pablo sounded good in theory), we can weigh in on this:

Is he the hottest of the hot guys to headline the series?!

Chris Soules
Chris Soules is The Bachelor for ABC's 2015 season of the hit reality show. Good choice?

The 32-year-old from Arlington, Iowa, was one of the final three men standing on the just-wrapped season of The Bachelorette that starred Andi Dorfman.

Making it that far spoke volumes about Chris Soules, a rugged yet intelligent, sensitive man's man, a family-oriented farmer who cleans up awfully nice.

Bachelor Nation was vocal about wanting him to take over the franchise, and according to The Bachelor spoilers king Reality Steve, he will do so.

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The cat is out of the bag. Or in this case, the barn? Farmer Chris Soules will star as The Bachelor for the 2015 season, sources close to the production say.

ABC tried to keep this close to the vest, even implying that other guys were in the running for the job (how seriously they were considered is anyone's guess).

Enter Reality Steve, though, and everything changes. The man who put The Bachelor spoilers on the map has blown the lid off yet another secret.

Chris Soules is The Bachelor 2015
Chris Soules is The Bachelor 2015. Here he is, leaving no doubts about it.

According to Steve, who has giant cojones and doesn't hide his scoop for one second, Soules has already signed a contract and is has begun filming.

While he's been wrong before on several noteworthy occasions, most of the time he is anything but. In fact, Steve's track record is the stuff of legends.

Especially considering that ABC simply cannot foil him, shut him down or figure out how the heck he gets his intel, this feat is all the more impressive.

So despite the subterfuge and rumors that Nick Viall, Arie Luyendyk, Jr., or possibly even Marquel Martin would get the nod, it was Chris' from the start.

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On last night's Bachelor in Paradise, someone else bowed out voluntarily, but before we get into that, let's discuss the unquestioned highlight of the episode:

Michelle Kujawa.

Last week, we saw her exit the Bachelor in Paradise premiere at the rose ceremony, hinting that there was no one there for her ... and that she already found love.

Which was it? Both. Let us explain ...

Michelle Kujawa Bikini Photo

It turns out that when she arrived in Mexico, she met a producer for the show named Ryan Putz, and was banging him before and after the premiere episode.

Michelle Kujawa, having eliminated herself abruptly, was in her hotel room with Ryan when someone from the show decided to check up on her.

Ryan hid on a balcony to avoid getting spotted, then for reasons unknown, felt he had to jump to freedom ... from 25 feet up. He broke both ankles.

While this had nothing to do with anything really, it was a reminder that there's some reality left in reality TV, and in the case of Michelle and Ryan, hilariously so.

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Andi Dorfman threw her fiance Josh Murray a surprise 30th birthday party in Atlanta, Ga., on Friday night, reveling in the milestone with family and friends.

Her signature frown was nowhere to be seen.

Andi Dorfman with Josh Murray

The night at Atlanta's Painted Pin was a blast, filled with bowling and "lots of kisses and hugs," an insider says of the festivities, which "went off without a hitch."

"Andi was stressed all week trying to make this the perfect surprise for Josh," and she succeeded, with both of the reality stars smiling ear to ear all night.

"Andi and Josh were very affectionate and seemed genuinely happy," a second source says, adding that the duo "seemed very natural and comfortable together."

At one point, Josh Murray and Andi Dorfman worked on her bowling form and they shared a sweet kiss. Andi also hopped on his lap while talking with friends.

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There's the After the Final Rose special you see on TV, and what goes on behind the scenes after the final rose ceremony between two lovebirds.

In honor of Throwback Thursday, The Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman shared a snapshot of her cuddling with fiancé Josh Murray the day after the show.

"#tbt Day after we got engaged @joshmurray!!" Dorfman wrote.

Andi Dorfman, Josh Murray Selfie

For Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray, #tbt isn't throwing it back very far. The duo got engaged May 9 (and are looking at getting married May 9 next year).

There's little doubt, however, that she made the right choice in Josh, a former baseball player turned financial services rep who, like Andi, lives in Atlanta.

Though the couple look completely and blissfully relaxed in the picture, Dorfman made Murray sweat before finally revealing her feelings for the frontrunner.

Josh had to beat some serious competition (rumors say producers are considering Chris Soules and Nick Viall as The Bachelor), as well has his nerves.

"In the middle of my proposal, I stopped to allow her to gather her words. I assumed she was finally going to tell me she loved me, but it didn't start out like that!" Murray joked.

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While Chris Soules has long been considered the front-runner to be The Bachelor on ABC, another option is reportedly being strongly considered by producers:

Nick Viall.

Nick and Andi

The selection of Andi Dorfman's runner-up, still in many ways an enigma, would be bewildering on one hand, and make perfect sense on the other.

Many fans, and fellow competitors, felt Nick was calculating and insincere, even cocky in his pursuit of Andi Dorfman, who ultimately went with hunky Josh Murray.

Making matters worse was Nick asking Andi why they made love if she wasn't going to pick him in this awkward After the Final Rose confrontation.

At the same time, there's no doubt that Viall was genuinely, emotionally crushed by the woman of his dreams, and that he didn't mean to humiliate Dorfman.

If anyone deserves a second shot at love, it's Nick.

"Viewers are interested in what he has to say," says a show insider of Viall, who is in the running along with both Farmer Chris and Arie Luyendyk Jr.

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If you've been on Facebook this week, you've likely seen pictures of people drenching themselves in ice water, accompanied by the hashtag #icebucketchallenge.

It's all part of a campaign to raise awareness and money for ALS and ALS research, as well as a fun time for those who enjoy watching silly videos.

To that end, here's The Bachelorette winner Josh Murray doing just as the #icebucketchallenge would imply, and nominating fiancee Andi Dorman:

The idea behind the challenge is this that one receives challenge from someone else and then have 24 hours to accept, as Josh Murray has done here.

In doing so, the participant shouts out the cause he is supporting and challenging friends to continue the message, and/or donating money to charity.

if you choose not to accept, which would just be lame, because it's harmless and fun, you have to donate $100 to an ALS association of your choice.

Which you could just do anyway. And should, to make a real difference.

Before it made its way to our beloved Bachelorette duo, the meme began with Julie and Pete Frates, who has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

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